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7 years, 10 months ago
is used for someone who enjoys what others consider unpleasant: masochist
1.1 (In general use) a person who enjoys an activity that appears to be painful or tedious:
It also has song sexual connotations:
1.0 A person who derives sexual gratification from their own pain or
Is there a word that describes this condition without the sexual baggage?
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Some might call them a
glutton for punishment
Someone who habitually takes on burdensome or unpleasant tasks or unreasonable amounts of work. For example, Rose agreed to organize the church fair for the third year in a row-she's a glutton for punishment . This expression originated as a glutton for work in the late 1800s, punishment being substituted about a century later.
1The American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. S.v. "glutton for punishment." Retrieved July 20 2015 from http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/glutton+for+punishment
Jul 20, 2015 at 23:53
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Emotional masochism – the tendency to find some strange or subtle pleasure (familiarity, self-justification, delicious self-victimization) – may be the culprit. An alternative way to view this is to call chronic yet avoidable emotional pain a psychological attachment.
Dec 4, 2020 at 14:40
Sadomasochist helps differentiate from what you describe. Plain “masochist” enjoys pain without sex. “Sado” implies sexual.
May 21, 2018 at 23:40
departing from usual or accepted standards, especially in social or sexual behaviour. "deviant behaviour"
a deviant person or thing. "killers, deviants, and
" those whose actions
are beyond most human comprehension [my emphasis]
synonyms: nonconformist, eccentric, maverick, individualist,
exception, outsider, misfit, fish out of water, square peg in a round
hole, round peg in a square hole; More
Jul 20, 2015 at 23:19
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